About the Neighborhood
The Capitol Hill District is the largest historic residential neighborhood in Washington DC. In 1791, when he designed the plan for Washington, Pierre L’Enfant chose to locate the “Congress House” on the crest of the hill facing the city. Today, the Capitol building, the Senate and House buildings, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Museum, Marine Barracks and the Washington Navy Yard draw millions of tourists to DC.
The neighborhood is still mainly residential, with 19th century row houses, manor houses, Federal townhouses of many varying and unique styles.
The Eastern Market Metro Station and Union Station are within easy walking distance and give you access to other Washington neighborhoods.
Around the Hill
The main commercial street is Pennsylvania Avenue, home of the White House at 1600 and many shops, restaurants and bars.
The Eastern Market on 7th St SE has an outdoor Farmers Market and fresh food in indoor stalls. On weekends, there is a popular Flea Market and crafts vendors selling their wares. Read more about the Eastern Market
Hill Center on 9th St and Pennsylvania Avenue, formerly the Old Naval Hospital, is a neighborhood center for culture and education. The recent renovation by the Old Naval Hospital Foundation has transformed this historic building into a “green” building and a gathering place for community residents.
On the National Mall, explore the many Smithsonian museums including the National Air and Space Museum, The National Museum of American History, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden and more. See the museums listing here
The historic Sewall-Belmont House is one of the oldest buildings in Washington, and was renowned as a center for women’s feminist education and social change. It is open for visits and events. See more about the Sewall-Belmont House